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Student Engagement and Active Participation Using Mentimeter

by Shaeley Santiago As language teachers, we understand the value of student engagement and active participation in class. This is especially true when participation takes the form of authentic language use. But what about students who are hesitant to speak up in class or share their ideas? How might you maximize class time to engage more students in the content ... Read More »

EdCampIowa Upcoming

FIVE locations. ONE day of powerful learning. EdCampIowa is for educators, students, parents, board members, policymakers, community members, and anyone that cares about education. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other electronic devices are encouraged. Oh, and it’s FREE! When: Saturday, February 25 Where: With 4 Iowa locations, EdCampIowa is the biggest EdCamp event in the country! Northeast – North Scott High ... Read More »

2017 Cambio de Colores Conference Call For Presentations

Sixteenth Annual Conference Cambio de Colores / Change of Colors Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times St. Louis, Missouri June 14-16, 2017 Plus Extended Education Track on Language, Literacy, and Culture on June 16-17 www.cambiodecolores.org Call for Presentations February 6, 2017: Presentation proposals due at midnight About the Cambio de Colores 2017 conference Rural and urban communities throughout ... Read More »

Talking About the Election with ELLs

By Zach Spiering In the culmination of an historic campaign, Donald J. Trump captured the most electoral votes to win the presidency of the United States this past November. Trump’s campaign promises cover a wide array of topics, but few are more polarizing than his statements about immigration. Most notably, Trump proposed building a wall on the Mexican border and ... Read More »

Facilitating Cross-cultural Relationships Among University Students

by Emily Adams International students participating in Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in the United States often feel isolated not only from university life, but also from American society in general. Much of the students’ time is spent in the ESL classroom with other international students, perhaps in a separate building. In addition, limited English proficiency and lack of confidence to ... Read More »

Community Resources for ELLs

by Zachary Smith Part of being an ELL teacher for a non-credit English course at a community college is providing resources for the migrant population that is being served. It is important for the members of the migrant community to feel well-connected to the local community, and this goes beyond simple necessities such as work, a safe living environment, transportation, ... Read More »

Theory Informs Teaching

by Shaeley Santiago “Why do you put so much emphasis on the students answering in complete sentences?” I was once asked by a practicum student observing my class. As I hesitated to form my answer, I realized the reason was based on what I believe about language learning and my responsibilities as a teacher. These beliefs have been shaped by ... Read More »

English Language Learners and the New Standards Book Review

by Shaeley Santiago College- and career-ready standards in the K-12 world have raised the bar of expectations for English Language Learners (ELLs) and their teachers. English Language Learners and the New Standards by Heritage, Walqui, and Linquanti (2015) explores ten necessary shifts in instructional practice to provide support for ELLs to learn at accelerated rates. This review will focus on ... Read More »

Just Don’t Cloze Anymore?

By Arla Jones It’s free. It’s fun. And you can dance to it! Lyrics Training is my favorite new website for teaching English. There are so many features to the site that I made a short video to show what it can do (see below). There are music videos from every genre, including pop music, TV shows and children’s songs. ... Read More »

The Conference Proceedings of MIDTESOL 2015

MIDTESOL is pleased to present The Conference Proceedings of MIDTESOL 2015. This publication is a collection of twelve articles written by presenters who made their presentations at the MIDTESOL Annual Conference in Iowa City, IA, October 23-24, 2015. “The scholarly articles featured in this publication were written by classroom practitioners who are passionate about teaching adult as well as K-12 English ... Read More »